HAPPY LUNAR NEW YEAR 2020!
The annual celebration begins on the new moon that comes between Jan 21 and Feb 20. The Chinese year will start on 25 Jan 2020, the Year of the Rat, and end on 11 Feb 2021, when the Year of the Ox begins.
The new year, also known in China as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar; this means the date changes from year to year.
The festivities usually start the day before the new year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.
The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks or 'houses' just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals that appear in the Chinese zodiac – last year was the Year of the Pig.
So to celebrate this New Lunar Year 2020, the year of the Rat, discover which Chinese Zodiac sign you are and please feel free to share these pics with your friends & family.
Which Animal Are You?
The rat is adaptable and resourceful, has good intuition, a strong imagination and a deep curiosity but they don't have much courage. They're generally kind, but they can also be impolite so they don't make great leaders.
People born in the year of the ox think carefully before acting and are deeply devoted to their work. They have a great moral compass and know right from wrong but like the dog, they are bad communicators.
The tiger is an expressive, courageous and unpredictable animal with a stubborn streak. Like a predator chasing its prey, the tiger makes quick decisions and does not waver.
The rabbit possesses compassion, modesty and mercy but they are not much for meditation and tend to put their own careers in jeopardy. Impulsive, lovable dreamers, they cannot handle dullness. They will always try and find an opportunity to make life more exciting.
The dragon is powerful, confident, smart and witty but lacks self-awareness. The dragon also has a bad temper.
Intelligence, intuition and wisdom are the main features of the serpent. They are thoughtful and private and very ambitious. They don't say much, but when they do, they say it well. They can't stand failure.
Horses love the limelight. They are popular, hard-working and they are constantly looking to improve themselves. They aren't great listeners and they are reckless with money.
Those born under the sign of the sheep are generally thought to be artistic, kind, caring, tender and polite. They can also be shy and sensitive.
People born in the year of the monkey are quick-witted, intelligent and playful. They are mischievous but well-intentioned jokesters who love to play pranks but don't mean to cause harm.
Independent, honest and punctual, roosters are confident and competent but emotionally volatile (so not the best in social situations).
Dogs are honest and loyal just like the family pet. If you are born under the sign of the dog you are helpful and you have integrity but you are not so good at communicating so you appear stubborn.
Pigs are loyal friends but only when you get to know them, so their social circle is often small. Like the monkey, they like to play pranks on people and do not know when to stop. Pigs are also known to be lazy and clumsy.
The years allocated to each animal are in a very specific order. According to an ancient Chinese folk story, the Jade Emperor had called 13 animals to a meeting and announced that the years on the calendar would be named according to the order they arrived in. This led to ‘The Great Race’.
The rat travelled on the back of the ox, leaping from its back to nab first place. The pig stopped for a snack and a nap and arrived last; a cat was also in the race but drowned during the competition, leading to there being only 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.